University Chapel Schedule

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A community gathering place for worship and forum, chapel reflects an Anabaptist/Mennonite perspective alongside the gifts, traditions and cultures of the broader Christian faith. Faith, hope and love are nurtured in the way of Jesus.

Wednesday, Sept. 28 – 10-10:30 a.m.

Chapel: Love as Commitment – Dr. Scot McKnight (Augsburger Lecture)

Dr. Scot McKnight speaks on Love as Commitment (Mark 12:28-34) as part of a Kingdom Vision as a Way of Life emphasis for the 2016 Augsburger Lecture Series and the Missional Church Partnership with Virginia Mennonite Missions, Virginia Mennonite Conference, Park View Mennonite Church, Eastern Mennonite University and Eastern Mennonite Seminary.
Rev. Canon Dr. Scot McKnight is an American New Testament scholar, historian of early Christianity, theologian, speaker, author and blogger who has written widely on the historical Jesus, early Christianity, the emerging church and missional church movements, spiritual formation and Christian living. He currently serves as the Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary, Lombard, IL. McKnight is an ordained Anglican with Anabaptist leanings, and has also written frequently on issues in modern Anabaptism.

Friday, Sept. 30 – 10-10:30 a.m.

Chapel Forum: Forging Peace one gun at a time – Mike Martin (RAWtools)

Hear stories of forging peace with RAWtools – repurposing weapons into hand tools to be used in the creation of something new. Singing will be led by Les Gustafson-Zook, Mennonite Central Committee North American Relief Sale & My Coins Count Coordinator. The My Coins Count collection will be gathered for the Virginia Relief Sale held tonight and Saturday morning through 3 p.m.

“He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree. No one shall make them afraid.” Isaiah 2:4, Micah 4:3-4

Wednesday, Oct. 5 – 10-10:30 a.m.

Chapel Worship: Sex & Millennials: #NewScripts – Carolyn Stauffer

The Sexuality Series begins with Dr. Carolyn Stauffer offering a spiritual and relational framing for our sexuality.

Friday, Oct. 7 – 10-10:30 a.m.

Chapel Forum: Sexuality and Spirituality – Debra Hirsch

Join pastor and author Debra Hirsch for reflections on Sexuality and Spirituality: a longing to be known. Hirsch speaks again today at 4 p.m. in Science Center 106.

Debra Hirsch has been in ministry in Australia and the United States for over twenty years. She is the author of Redeeming Sex: Naked Conversations about Sexuality and Spirituality and coauthor of Untamed: Reactivating a Missional Form of Discipleship. She also serves on the leadership team of the Forge Missions Training Network and on the board for Missio Alliance. She and her husband, Alan Hirsch, live in community with others in Los Angeles.

University chapel is held Wednesday (worship) and Fridays (forum) at 10 a.m. in Lehman Auditorium. All offices and departments, other than essential services, are to close in order to allow the community to attend and support chapel.

All undergraduate students, faculty and staff of the university are expected to attend at least one chapel each week. (Chapel Attendance Policy, p. 69 of the Student Handbook and Faculty/Staff handbook section 7.1, p. 166)

In addition to University Chapel, Chapel Gatherings are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m., Celebration: Praise Worship is held weekly at 9 p.m. on Sunday nights and Hymn Sings are at 9 p.m. on the first Monday of the month. All three services are held in Martin Chapel (Seminary building). You can also join the Gospel Choir or Alpha Omega Dancers for Christ for worship opportunities advised from Multicultural and International Student Services (MISS).

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